Walnut Canyon National Monument is home to some of the most incredible cliff dwellings you’ll ever see.
There are two different routes you can take to soak in the Walnut Canyon experience. For those willing and able to tackle a 1-mile round trip hike, you’ll get up close and personal to these ancient dwellings and see with your own eyes the ingenuity of the ancient inhabitants. You’ll have the chance to not only walk right next to and in the dwellings, but you’ll be able to look across the canyon and see additional dwellings built within the cliff. It’s a remarkable sight that you won’t want to miss.
As a word of caution, be sure to go prepared. There are lots of stairs and it does get hot in the summer months so be sure to pack some water and a snack. The ancient inhabitants didn’t have the luxury of fruit snacks and a Camelbak but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take advantage of those luxuries.
If you’re not able to go on a mile hike or do lots of stairs, don’t worry at all. The Rim Trail will still provide a great experience with views of a pinion pine forest, partially rebuilt pithouse, and ancient pueblos. This 0.7 round-trip stroll is worth every minute of your time. The scenic overlooks provide views of a gorgeous canyon as well as the ancient cliff dwellings.
Additional trip-planning information:
Hours of operation- 9 AM- 4:30 PM (check nps.gov for holiday hours of operation)
Entrance Fee- $15 per person
Pets- Leashed pets are allowed on the Rim trail but not allowed in the visitors center or the Island trail. Please clean up after your pets.